The New Paradigm in Healing Newsletter | Winter 2010
- Safe Body & Breast Cancer Screening via Thermography
- Helpful Tips for Handling Winter
- Sugar Addiction
- Amazing Universe Facts
- Smoking Tooth Video – Expose of Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Safe Body & Breast Cancer Screening via Thermography
There has been a lot of debate in the press about the government decision to suggest that woman between age 40 and 50 do not need yearly mammograms. This may not be from a desire to save money, but because mammograms do not improve breast cancer survival rates over just getting a careful physical examination alone.
A mammogram can expose your body to radiation that can be 1000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray. Moreover research has shown that high risk women who have gotten mammograms are at a 1.5 times elevated risk for breast cancer than high risk women who were not exposed to low dose radiation. What’s more, women at high risk for breast cancer who had been exposed to low-dose radiation before age 20 or who had five or more mammograms were 2.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer compared to those who were not exposed.
Fortunately there is a newer and safer cancer screening tool. It a technique that can visualize inflammation which has now been shown to be a precursor to cancer and many other diseases. This new diagnostic tool is called thermal imaging or thermography. Basically it crates a digital map of your body that illustrates heat patterns. The images created will show if there is a hot spot or thermal asymmetry in the body. Thermography can detect irregular patterns in the breast, conditions that occur before a noticeable lump is formed.
Since one in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in their life, it behooves you to do something that can detects this scourge as early as possible. You can get a baseline of your “thermal signature” then get annual thermograms to allow you to map changes in your body’s heat patterns over time.
You can also get a scan done of your whole body. It is the best methods to find hidden inflammation such as painful areas or hidden sinus or digestive inflammation, or dental issues. It can detect inflammation in areas like the carotid arteries, which can help prevent a blood clot or stroke.
Here are the simple steps you’ll follow when you get a thermogram:
Step 1: You sit in a temperature-controlled room to allow your body to cool from any external conditions. At that time, you’ll complete some simple paperwork, including a health survey.
Step 2: You’re positioned in front of a Thermal Imaging Camera, and the technician takes digital pictures (5-15 minutes). You will be able to see yourself “live” on the computer screen, which can help give you a better understanding of your body.
Step 3: Your pictures are sent out to a certified physician for analysis of 1) the amount of heat and 2) the symmetry of the heat patterns. Heat patterns may indicate inflammation, infection, or a variance from your body’s norm.
Step 4: You’ll receive a report of findings in your mail shortly thereafter. This will help you and your doctor determine any next steps. We also provide recommendations for ways to reduce inflammation, if present, and provide personal health coaching programs if desired.
Step 5: It is recomended that you return for thermograms annually to monitor your health and watch for changes. Since everybody’s body is different, the best way to detect problems is to measure changes from your own body’s norm.
Valerie Zumbusch will be in my office periodically for anyone interested in getting thermography done. Then next date will be Wednesday, January 27th. Call the office at 952-930-3575 to set up an appointment.
Helpful Tips for Handling Winter
The winter is upon us and people are coming in to see me for colds and infections. It seems that sugar, dairy and red meat are the main foods that the body is seeking to discharge. It is important to change our diets with the seasons. In the hot summer we eat more cooling expansive energy foods like tropical fruit, watermelon, salads, cold drinks. As the weather cools it is as if the body contracts, much like a saturated sponge, which when squeezed releases it’s excess water. So when we contract the body discharges the excess through our watery eyes, sinus drainage and coughs. So eating more cooked and baked foods is helpful and less raw and sweet.
Root vegetables are good to add to your diet in the colder weather. Add more winter squash, carrots, cooked onions, rutabagas, turnips and beets. Recently I have made a simple squash dish that my family loves called Winter Squash Puree. I take winter squash (especially buttercup, Hokkaido, or butternut) and cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Then I peel the skin off (not necessary) and cut it in large cubes and steam it until soft (about 15 minutes) Then I put the squash in a blender or food processor, and add the steaming water and some grain milk (I like the new Hempseed milk, but almond, soy or rice milk will work), some maple syrup and a few dashes of cardamon and cinnamon and puree until smooth. Delicious.
The kidneys tend not like getting cold, which tightens and restricts the kidney circulation. Feeling chilled, tired, sleepy, low back pain and sexual dysfunction can all relate to the kidneys. Bags or discoloration under the eyes can reflect what is happening in the kidneys as well.
There is a wonderful home remedy to restore kidney circulation, it is called the Ginger Compress. It consists basically of dipping a towel in a strong ginger tea and placing it over the kidneys. Finely grate fresh ginger root to the size of about a golf ball (Use smallest holes on a grater or buy a ceramic ginger grater). Put the ginger ball in few layers of cheesecloth and tie off, or in a cotton bag or sock. Boil 2 quarts of water and turn down low to simmer. Squeeze the ginger juice into the water then drop the ginger bag into the water. Let simmer for 5 minutes and take off the stove. It is easiest to have someone else apply the compress, but not necessary. You may want to put some plastic and blanket or towel down to protect the bed or rug you will be lying face down on. Fold a cotton kitchen towel into a strip and dip the middle part into the hot ginger water.
Wring slightly, so towel is damp but not dripping. When tolerable to the skin, but still very hot, gently lay the towel across the lower back over the kidneys. Cover with a dry towel to insulate. Dip it again when towel cools. Continue for 15-25 minute or until lower back is very red. You can save the water for another compress, as you might want to do it every 3rd day for 3 applications. It’s worth the effort.
I have a very informative blog post about the addictiveness of sugar. You can read the full article via this link: SUGAR ADDICTION.
Amazing Universe Facts
The incredible diversity of the cosmos is illustrated in the following examples:
- About 99% of the stars seen on a typical night are larger, more massive and brighter than the Sun. Each one is cruising through the milky Way Galaxy at about 50,000 kilometers per hour (30,000 mph).
- The star PSR 1937-214 is no wider than the city limits of a medium-sized city but it weight 500,000 times as much as Earth and is spinning on its axis 642 times a second. This record holder among the twirling stars we call pulsars is rotating so fast, its equator is moving at one-tenth the speed of light.
- Pulsars are incredibly dense. A thimbleful of pulsar material would weigh as much as all the water in Lake Erie. This density produces enormous gravity. If a spaceship could land on a pulsar, it would be instantly crushed by gravity into a puddle of subatomic particles about the thickness of the nucleus of an atom.
- A black hole with the mass of earth would be smaller than a golf ball. A black hole with the mass of the entire galaxy would be 10 times wider than the solar system.
How Many Galaxies?
The average galaxy is a colossal island of 100 billion stars, although much larger and smaller galaxies are known. But how many galaxies are there in the universe? To calculate this number astronomers use the longest exposures obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope and count the galaxies-typically a few thousand. That average is then multiplied by the number of photographs it would take to cover the entire sky. Of course, this technique misses an unknown number of galaxies that are either too dim or too remote to be picked up, but it does provide a minimum number of galaxies in the universe: 50 billion! The total number could be twice this.
The Universe Train
The universe is so vast that it’s difficult to establish a scale of reference, but this freight-train analogy might help put it into perspective. Imagine each star in the known universe is represented by a grain of sand. A thimble would hold all the stars visible on a clear, dark summer night. A dump truck would contain the Milky Way, the galaxy in which the Sun resides. To demonstrate all the stars in the universe, we need a freight train with hopper cars filled with sand. The train begins to pass at a level crossing. We count the cars as they roar by at one per second. The minutes pass, then hours, then days. We would have to keep count 24 hours a day for three years before the universe train would complete its pass. The universe train would use all the sand on all the beaches on Earth and would be long enough to stretch around the planet 25 times.
Smoking Tooth Video – Exposé of Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Watch this amazing “Smoking Tooth” video to find out more about the relationship between mercury amalgam dental fillings and your health: